A tip from a Canadian businessperson who has spent many years at the helm of a multinational corporation could be the key to avoiding the dreaded “sprint out” phase of the business cycle.
As of February, the International Trade Centre’s Global Commerce Clerk, Karen Kessel, was the only employee of the corporation who was working from home.
(The Canadian business is now based in Canada.)
“I’m not a travel guru, but I can tell you that the best tips for staying on top of your businesses, even if you’re working in a foreign country, is to be proactive, be patient, and always be prepared,” Kessel told BuzzFeed News in an interview.
While many businesses have begun to transition their operations to electronic platforms, she said, the most important thing is to make sure that they are keeping up.
“You’re always on your toes,” she said.
While she says the tips in this article are from her personal experience, she does not hold any special expertise and does not recommend any specific advice for businesspeople working abroad.
“I can only speak for myself,” Kess said.
“It’s really the job of the company to help their employees stay on top.”
While Kessel is the sole employee at the company, she says she has learned from her experience working abroad, which has been invaluable in her current role as the manager of the international commerce clerk.
“A lot of the time, when I work overseas, I’m in a different space, but they still keep me on my toes and I think that’s really helpful,” she told BuzzFeed.
“I always try to be smart and adapt to whatever they’re going through, whether it’s the international markets or the different countries.
It’s very helpful to have people on your side.”
One tip that Kessel shares is to use the global commerce centre’s “business calendar” for managing your international business.
“When you open up the calendar, you can sort of see the big picture and see what’s happening around the world,” she explained.
“There’s lots of things happening on the calendar and you can see the biggest trends that you’re going to see in the next month or a year.”
“It’s a really useful tool.”
A number of companies have launched their own business calendars for international customers, but Kessel said it is important to use them as a reference and not rely on a calendar that is already in place.
“They have to be as up-to-date as possible, because the calendar has to be able to track everything that’s happening in the world and be able get it across,” she noted.
“For me, I just look at it as an asset.”
While the calendar itself is designed to help businesses stay on track, it can also be used to manage the day-to‑day business operations.
“You’re going into a situation where you have to decide what you’re doing,” Kesson explained.
For example, you could have a meeting or you could get your employees involved in some project.
You could also set up a meeting with some stakeholders to talk about a project that you have.
You can also use the calendar to plan your activities for the next business day.
“While there is no magic bullet that will get your international operations back on track or stay on schedule, there are some simple tips to keep you on top.”
The most important rule to follow is to never make the mistake of relying on a company calendar to do the things that you need to do, especially if you have an office in another country,” KESS said.”
It will take time, but you can take a look at your calendar and see how things are happening and get back on the right track.
“If you can always rely on your company calendar for things that are important to you, it will save you a lot of time and money.”
Kessel says the best advice she can give her international business is to take it one step at a time.
“First of all, the best way to stay on your feet is to think ahead, make sure you have all of your tools and know what you need, and then you’ll find out how you can get to that next step,” she added.